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In Welsh literature the period before 1100 is known as the period of Y Cynfeirdd (=The earliest poets) or Yr Hengerdd (=The old poetry). It roughly dates from the birth of the Welsh language until the arrival of the Normans in Wales towards the end of the eleventh century. See Early medieval Welsh poetry
From ca.1100 until ca.1600 Welsh poetry can be divided roughly into two distinct periods: the period of the Poets of the Princes who worked before the loss of Welsh independence in 1282 and the Poets of the Nobility who worked from 1282 until the period of the English incorporation of Wales in the 16th century.See Medieval Welsh poetry
The earliest poem in English by a Welsh poet dates from about 1470. Since then Anglo-Welsh poetry has become an important aspect of Welsh literary culture, as well as being influential on English literature.
An awdl is a form of long poem.
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